Holiday Recipe Roundup 2016

I set out to write the perfect recipes for a holiday dinner party. Then, as it normally does, life happened, and holidays set in, and I found myself planted firmly in the kitchen (my happy place), creating. Few things make me happier than creating in the kitchen, and I won’t get into those now. All of that to say this: I resorted to asking one of my Food Blogging groups for their recipes. They were incredibly generous in their delivery, and below are the links to their submissions. This recipe roundup is perfect for making an entire meal, beverages included, without having to go elsewhere. I asked each of them to include what they love about their dishes in the submission form, and some of their descriptions make me want to try their recipes. Salud!


The key below will help you determine if these foods fit into your diet structure. These labels were included with the recipe submissions, so some of these may fit into the other categories, even if they are not labeled as such. 

  • GF – Gluten Free
  • VN – Vegan
  • VT – Vegetarian
  • NF – Nut Free
  • DF – Dairy Free
  • GRF – Grain Free



  • Mango Smoothie from Pooja @ Pooja’s Cookery

    Mango Smoothie from Pooja @ Pooja’s Cookery

    Aloha Style Homemade Egg Nog from Aly @ Cooking In Stilettos. Aly says, “For a bit of an island feel  this Aloha Style Homemade Egg Nog is a hit with holiday guests!  Thank you so much Terra!” (You’re welcome, Aly ~T) 

  •  Healthy and Tasty Mango Smoothie from Pooja @ Pooja’s Cookery. Pooja says, “I love it because it is healthy and makes me full.” – VN, VT, GF


  • Burnt Eggplant with Tahini from Corinne @ Brooklyn Munch. Corinne says, “This tastes absolutely amazing!!!” – VN, VT, GF
  • Hazelnut Butter  Buckwheat & Honey Cookies from Jagruti @ Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey. Jagruti says, “Fabulous treat for anytime yet little healthy!” – VT
  • Hazelnut Pumpkin Bread With Roasted Garlic & Rosemary from Kasey @ Spill the Greens. Kasey says, “Most pumpkin breads are sweet so I love that this one is full of savory flavors and definitely isn’t a dessert.” – VT
  • Paleo Gingerbread Muffins from from Regina@ LeelaLicious. Regina says, “Healthy coconut flour muffins taste are full of the delicious ginger and molasses flavor of gingerbread, but they are paleo, gluten free, and clean eating!” – VT, NA, GF, GRF, DF
  • Peanut Brittle from Pooja @ Pooja’s Cookery. Pooja says, “This is my childhood favorite snack. Healthy and addicting.” – GF
  • Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls from Lauren @ Lauren Caris Cooks. Lauren says, “These vegan sweet potato cinnamon rolls are soft  fluffy and sweet absolutely perfect for a more indulgent breakfast, or a delicious treat!” -VN

Main Dishes

  • Cauliflower Potato Pie from Kushi @ Cook With Kushi. Kushi says, “Easy to make vegan, gluten free, and flourless. The crispy crust and flavorful filling makes it irresistible.” – VN, GF
  • Cheesy Layered Roasted Vegetable Pie from Betty @ Slow the Cook Down. Betty says, “Great vegetarian main to go with your seasonal feast.” – VT
  • Easy Vegetarian & Vegan Stuffed Squash from Kasey @ Spill the Greens.

    Easy Vegetarian & Vegan Stuffed Squash from Kasey @ Spill the Greens.

    Easy Vegetarian & Vegan Stuffed Squash from Kasey @ Spill the Greens. Kasey says, “I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors in this dish  with bright bursts of cranberry.” – VN

  • Kadai Mushroom from Pooja @ Pooja’s Cookery. Pooja says, “I love anything with mushrooms and especially with Indian flavors. Kadai Mushroom is one of my favorite Indian gravy dish which goes well with any kind of flat bread.” – VN
  • Mushroom Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from Marina @ Yummy Mummy Kitchen. – VN 
  • Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala  from Pooja @ Pooja’s Cookery. Pooja says, “I love Paneer because it is a very good substitute to meat and this gravy is mildly hot and tangy and can be served with Indian bread.” – VT 
  • Smoked Chili Sin Carne from Simon @ The BBQ Bastard. Simon says, “A creative chili recipe packed full of flavors! Perfect for a winter BBQ party.” – VT
  • Spaghetti Squash Lasagna  from Kushi @ Cook With Kushi. Kushi says, “It’s low in carb  cheesy  flavorful and will melt in your mouth.” – GF
  • Vegan Oven Baked Butternut Squash from Jagruti @ Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey. 
  • Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Savory Mini Cakes from Sarah @ Vegan Chickpea. Sarah says, “This is a really fun way to make a main dish that will impress your guests while being easy on the prep! You can even make the base ahead of time.” – VN, GF
  • Vegetable Lentil Shepherds Pie from Marina @ Yummy Mummy Kitchen. Marina says, “This lentil shepherd’s pie is a healthier take on this traditional comfort food.” – VN, VT, GF

Side Dishes


  • Chocolate Crunch Bars from Tracy @ Served From Scratch.

    Chocolate Crunch Bars from Tracy @ Served From Scratch.

    Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Sauce from Melanie @  A Virtual Vegan. Melanie says, “This recipe is dairy and egg free and yet tastes totally decadent. No-one ever guesses that it’s vegan!” – VN, DF

  • Rustic Cranberry Galette from Natasha @ Salt & Lavender. Natasha says, “It’s not too sweet, not too tart, and the flaky crust is to die for!” – VT
  • Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake Bites from Jessica @ The Healthy Mouse. Jessica says, “It is minimal, super easy to make, and natural in flavor!” – VN 
  • Bhappa Doi ( Baked Yogurt ) with Spiced Orange Syrup from Jagruti @ Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey. Jagruti says, “A dessert which is Luscious and moreish and tastes so divine!” – VT
  • Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake from Kaila @ Healthy Helper. “Delicious pumpkin cake studded with rich walnuts and topped with decadent cream cheese frosting! A lighter  healthier option for homemade dessert during the holidays. This easy to make  from scratch cake is a family favorite and guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Made with whole grains and REAL food ingredients!” – VT
  • Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake from Marina @ Yummy Mummy Kitchen. Marina says, “Creamy vegan pumpkin cheesecake made with a cashew base.” – VN
  • Chocolate Crunch Bars  from Tracy @ Served From Scratch. 

All of the recipes have been pinned here:


Here’s the housekeeping: I didn’t physically verify that these recipes are their own, I only asked them in the questionnaire, so if they scraped them, I am not responsible. They are categorized by course at the recipe writer’s request. I also have the express permission to post these links and the pictures that were sent to my email address. 

About Terra Walker

Terra loves creating recipes, imparting wisdom, searching for an amazing cider, owning this website, and traveling the globe. You can catch up with Terra on the channels above, where she never uses third person, because she hates writing about herself that way.


  1. You’re quite welcome, Rebekah! Thank you for being a part of this.

  2. Wow, Terra, what a carefully compiled round-up! Checking out the vegetarian ones since I’m going more plant-based this year. 🙂 Thanks for including my rice!

  3. Thanks for including my Layered Vegetable Pie! Great comprehensive round up with something for everyone!

  4. Wow that a great roundup! Thanks for including our recipes 🙂

  5. sarahveganchickpea13

    Wow what a comprehensive and mouthwatering roundup!! Thanks so much for including my shepherd’s pie cakes 🙂 Happy holidays!

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